Suspect in New York City subway bomb attack charged

Akayed Ullah 27 was hit with charges of weapons possession supporting an act of terrorism and making a terroristic threat for the Monday morning attack

The man who allegedly detonated an explosive device in New York's Port Authority Bus Terminal Monday may have taunted Donald Trump in a Facebook post just before the attack.

Hours after Monday's explosion in an underground passageway connecting two of Manhattan's busiest stations, Trump cited the background of the bomber in renewing his call for closer scrutiny of foreigners who come to the country and less immigration based on family ties. The officers at that point had to make a decision so no one else would be hurt and they decided at that point to take the person into custody, ' Bobby Egbert, spokesman for the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association, told 1010 WINS.

The White House also praised the efforts of the first responders.

The pipe bomb failed to detonate fully and Ullah was the only person seriously wounded by the blast.

Despite the rush-hour crowds, officials said, only five people suffered minor injuries. He sustained injuries, including burns to his hands and abdomen, and was taken to Bellevue Hospital.

Ullah, a native of Bangladesh who has been in the United States for seven years, is believed to have acted alone and told investigators that he tried to carry out the bombing in support of the Islamic State terror group.

The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the blast.

The pipe bomb failed to detonate fully and Ullah was the only person seriously wounded by the blast
The pipe bomb failed to detonate fully and Ullah was the only person seriously wounded by the blast

Ullah reportedly told officials he chose the mass transit hub for his attack because of the festive Christmas-themed posters on display there. Investigators said the suspect was seen on surveillance footage igniting the bomb. Cuomo said it was fortunate that the bomb was very low-tech and did not have the desired effect. Authorities also report finding Ullah's passport in his possession with the handwritten annotation "O AMERICA, DIE IN YOUR RAGE". He left both behind when he returned to the U.S.

Akayed Ullah, 27, left, of Brooklyn is suspected in the explosion December 11, 2017, beneath the Port Authority bus terminal. He was licensed to drive a livery cab between 2012 and 2015, but the license was allowed to lapse, according to law enforcement officials and New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission.

Top NYPD officials reassured the public Tuesday that they are making progress in establishing why a Bangladeshi immigrant set off a homemade bomb in a passageway underneath the Port Authority bus terminal.

He "was living here, went through number of jobs, was not particularly struggling financially or had any known pressures", Miller said, adding Ullah "was not on our radar at NYPD, not on the Federal Bureau of Investigation radar".

NY officials, including mayor Bill de Blasio were quick to call the bombing attempt an act of terrorism. A teenage relative was pulled out of class and questioned in school without a parent, guardian or lawyer, the statement said.

Bangladesh strongly condemned the attack in a statement saying, 'A terrorist is a terrorist irrespective of his or her ethnicity or religion, and must be brought to justice'. He detonated it on objective, it has been said.

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